4.78 out of 5
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Fire Road
↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 2,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
University of California Santa Cruz's upper campus preserve provides fire road connectivity between Pogonip, Henry Cowell and Wilder Ranch State Park.

MBoSC is currently working with UCSC and other interested parties on trail development in the preserve. Bikes are currently allowed on access roads only.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (9)


February 9, 2019
dunenfool Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail for everybody, the day we went it wasn't too busy. Not too bad On climbing, My 8 year was able to make it to the top of the connector With a break. We basically just an out and back on the Mccrary. I'd like to figure out if maybe we can shuttle it for my youngest one.

Granny Gear

November 7, 2018
Review: It has technical parts but not enough for a black diamond.


October 16, 2016
lhogue Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail system with lots of options. It's a bummer that this isn't an approved area and therefore have no signage or printed maps. The good part is that it is bordered by highways and the campus, so no matter where you head, you can easily find your way either out or back. The riding is short sectioned trails on typical SC soil and loam. Nice flow sections with some fun natural terrain features providing log drops, ramps, etc. Good kick outs and transitions which keep the trail moving. Feels like a short version of Demo Forrest in spots.

World Champ

November 25, 2015
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: Best mountain biking in Santa Cruz


September 29, 2014
justin70 Singletrack  
Review: Despite the "unapproved" nature of trails in this area, my first visit showed:
- there are few signs denying MTB access, except very close to the campus (so plenty of other areas available)
- the area is hugely popular, especially on an weekend

Trails are fun, though few singletrack trails are labelled - so it takes some getting used to the maze of trails.

Some steep downhill trails drop down to Hwy 9.

Bunny Hop

August 20, 2014
Review: Good stuff, easy single track riding with a crap load of trails to get lost in. Def fun and easy to come back again and again!


December 19, 2013
Review: A great place to ride with fire roads throughout and singletrack darting in and out of the fire roads with large logs to roll over and tight corners zigzaging throughout the many trees. Be carefull some of the singletrack can have a few surprises. I can`t wait to go back and find additional trails.


December 30, 2008
mhmendez Gramcounter  
Review: The climb gets you burning but the downhill is so so worth the climb. Some really nice jumps and really technical decents. Trail dries out nicely after a rain so no worries if it just rained.

* Review edited 12/30/2008


June 11, 2007
Juan_Gear Singletrack  
Review: Trail behind the tanks is called Dead Camper, Steep, read steep and they will take your bike. If you do not care, when you get to HWY 9 turn west next trail on the right is also ilegal called Lock-em-up. You will walk on you toes for a couple of miles

UCSC MTB Trail 4.78 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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